case·​load | \ ˈkās-ˌlōd How to pronounce caseload (audio) \

Definition of caseload

: the number of cases handled (as by a court or clinic) usually in a particular period

Examples of caseload in a Sentence

We have a heavy caseload today.
Recent Examples on the Web The union that represents jail nurses and counselors said the escalating caseload is indicative of Sheriff Bill Gore’s response to the pandemic. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "As sheriff struggles to contain COVID-19 outbreaks, active infections in San Diego jails exceed 500," 25 Dec. 2020 With over 10 million cases, India’s covid-19 caseload is second only to the United States. Washington Post, "India approves two vaccines as it prepares for unprecedented immunization push," 19 Dec. 2020 Doctors are being forced to make tough decisions to manage the caseload. Author: Alanna Durkin Richer, John Antczak, Anchorage Daily News, "Hospitals buckle across California as COVID-19 surges in cities big and small," 17 Dec. 2020 The seven-day average caseload fell below 150,000 last week for the first time since Nov. 16 and continues to decline, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Jobless claims drop 33K in sign of labor market stabilization," 4 Feb. 2021 That laboratory was built last year to help the city solve the testing crisis that emerged during the summer, when big commercial laboratories were struggling to handle the soaring caseload. Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, "New York City Barely Tests for Virus Variants. Can That Change?," 3 Feb. 2021 There is also a pretty compelling ethical argument against people from wealthy high-caseload countries like Canada travelling to poorer countries with lower numbers. Courtney Shea,, "What You Need To Know About Canada’s New Travel Restrictions," 1 Feb. 2021 The caseload continued growing a day after the Oregon Health Authority announced the discovery in Oregon of a contagious strain of the coronavirus that rapidly swept through the United Kingdom. oregonlive, "Coronavirus in Oregon: 1,173 new cases and 41 deaths as contagious variant’s discovery alarms health officials," 17 Jan. 2021 The coronavirus pandemic was in full swing, and India’s caseload was increasing fast. Snigdha Poonam, The Atlantic, "The People Profiting Off the Pandemic in India," 16 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of caseload

1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Caseload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of caseload

: the number or amount of cases handled by a court, social worker, etc.


case·​load | \ ˈkās-ˌlōd How to pronounce caseload (audio) \

Medical Definition of caseload

: the number of cases handled (as by a clinic) in a particular period


case·​load | \ ˈkās-ˌlōd How to pronounce caseload (audio) \

Legal Definition of caseload

: the number of cases handled (as by a court or a lawyer) often in a particular period

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